The Choice is Yours

Many trials enter our lives without our permission or invitation. Some events are the consequences of sin while others arrive as unwelcome, seemingly unnecessary intrusions. A simple but thoughtless comment, a careless act or an annoying repetition can set our emotions spinning. Other trials are life changing, turning our world upside down. Whether simple or…

Motherhood…Who Knew?

Motherhood. As a little girl, I played with dolls, pretending and looking forward to being a mother. As a teenager, sometimes I vowed I would never do it like my mother, or maybe, I will do it just like my mother. My children love to tease me about how much I am just like my…

The Lord is My Shepherd

Ever since I can remember, this picture has hung above my bed in my room. It has always been special to me, but not until recently did I really pinpoint why it was so special. Then it hit me. To most, it’s just a picture of a girl with her precious goat-friend sleeping in a…

Walking Through the Fire

Written by Jennifer Murray. As my daughter and her friend played together, I sat with a cup of coffee, excited to have a few quiet moments. After the events of the past few days, I was ready for a few moments of peace. It had all begun a few days before as we celebrated my…

Do You Mean What You Sing?

Written by Carol Roland. How do we worship God in our church services? How do other religions “worship?” Some have certain rituals they faithfully perform. They kneel, chant repetitious prayers, light candles and bring food or flowers to set before their “god.” Some prostrate themselves with heads touching the floor. But what do Bible-believing Christians…

Have I Not Commanded Thee?

Guest Contributor: Amy Worley My simple thoughts… I have been digging into God’s commands to us. Not just The Ten Commandments, but other commands given to us in His word. One in particular that has been ever present in my mind is found in Matthew 22:37 Thou shalt love The Lord your God with all your…

Just a Cup of Tea

Written by Megan Albright. Ever since I was about six years old, I have started every day with a cup of hot tea. My mom was the coffee drinker in our family, while my dad was the one sipping his Tetley tea each morning – a habit that both my sister and I adapted early on….

Paradise

Sitting by the bedside of loved one is difficult if you are not quite sure of that loved ones’ eternal destination. Looking back on conversations, one is tempted to second guess. Were the right things said? Could the Gospel have been presented a better way? What could have been said differently? I was expressing my…

Quench Not The Spirit

The pilot light in our basement fireplace is probably the most important light in our house during the winter and spring. That light helps control the temperature for the rest of the house. If that light goes out, our basement becomes very cold and miserable. Because heat rises, the rest of the house struggles to…

You Have a Gift

Written by Starry Heinze. About three years ago I came to the conclusion that we are gifted from the Lord. Yes, that is correct. We are all gifted – me, you, and the person next to you. My husband and I now live in Colorado, but Les grew up in Michigan, I grew up in…